New York governor David Paterson, long the butt of jokes on Saturday Night Live, appeared on the show this weekend to make fun of the NBC program in return.
SNL cast member Fred Armisen has portrayed Paterson, who is blind, as a bumbling leader with a troubled past. The governor took office in 2008 when Eliot Spitzer, now a CNN host, resigned following a prostitution scandal. Paterson admitted to marital infidelities and drug use after he became governor.
According to the Associated Press, on Saturday the governor interrupted Armisen during the "Weekend Update" segment.
"Paterson joked that being governor is a lot like Saturday Night Live," AP reported. "He says, 'There are a lot of characters, it's funny for 10 minutes, and then you just want it to be over.' "
Facing low poll numbers and pressure from the Obama administration, Paterson declined to run for a full term in 2010. He has advocated strongly for gay rights during his time as governor and as a state senator from Harlem.
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